March is the best time of year to observe some of the well-known deep sky objects located in these constellations, including Praesepe (the Beehive Cluster, M44), the Eight-Burst Nebula, the Theta Carinae Cluster, the Wishing Well Cluster and the Carina Nebula.
The month of March marks the beginning of a transition from the Winter Constellations to the Spring Constellations in the northern hemisphere. This month, I want to highlight one notable constellation – Cancer the Crab. Cancer the Crab is a zodiac constellation. There are a total of 12 of them.
The stars in March 2021 As the sky darkens in early March, the winter constellations still dominate the sky at northern latitudes, with Orion the Hunter due south, Taurus the Bull can be seen to his upper right, containing the star clusters the Pleiades and the Hyades, while to his upper left you will find Gemini the Twins.
What is the best month to see the spring constellations?
Spring Constellations Spring constellations are the constellations that are best seen in the evening night sky from late March to late June in the northern hemisphere and from late September to late December in the southern hemisphere. The most prominent northern spring constellations are Ursa Major, Boötes, Leo, Cancer, Virgo and Hydra.
What Constellation is Leo looking at in spring?
Leo the lion is the most prominent constellation in spring. Look for the stars in Leo’s head to look like a backwards question mark. Imagine Leo is looking to the right. The triangle makes Leo’s tail and hind end. The brightest star which would be the star at the bottom of the question mark is called Regulus. Leo is looking at Cancer the crab.
What are the northern spring constellations?
The most prominent northern spring constellations are Ursa Major, Boötes, Leo, Cancer, Virgo and Hydra. The constellations Centaurus and Crux, which dominate the night sky in the southern hemisphere, can be seen from tropical latitudes north of the equator, but are invisible to observers living north of latitudes 25°N and 20°N respectively.
What constellations are visible in the sky?
Apart from Ursa Major that is circumpolar, constellations that are now visible include Leo, Boötes, Hydra, Virgo, Cancer, and Crater, all of which offer at least a few deep-sky objects to view. Boötes derives from an ancient Greek word meaning either ox driver, or ploughman, although it can also mean herdsman, depending on the authority consulted.
The next thing we wanted the answer to was: which constellations can you see in the sky at night?
These, however, are not the only constellations that can be seen in the sky on any given evening. For instance, Andromeda, a prominent autumn constellation, can be seen high overhead on summer evenings around midnight. Orion, which dominates the winter sky in the evening, can also be seen in the late summer, when it rises just before dawn.